Our highly-qualified instructors work one-to-one with students to help them develop their strengths. Whether your student has a learning disability or is looking for academic enrichment, he or she will benefit from instruction designed to make swift progress and improve performance.
“We believe that it is important to respect every individual learner’s pace while simultaneously encouraging and challenging them to exceed their own expectations.” – Michelle Szabo, Program Manager for Instruction
Your student will work with a knowledgeable and experienced staff member for one hour to multiple hours each week, either at our location or at your child’s school. Our services are available throughout the school year, and during the summer for children and teens.
In addition to our Instructional services, we have experts that can provide support with autism, attentional disorders, as well as speech and language challenges. In some cases, students receive both instruction and communication services. Students work with knowledgeable and experienced staff for one hour to multiple hours each week. Our services are available throughout the school year and during the summer for children and teens.
Discover a new way to connect! We offer online tutoring with the same level of interaction, support, customized instruction, and feedback as if attending on-site.
Read more about our online tutoring.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the frequency and length of your instruction sessions?
The number and length of sessions are based on individual needs, schedules, and program requirements. Most students come for one or two hours of instruction per week during the school year.
When is instruction offered?
Our instruction program runs from September to June for a maximum of 36 weeks for our school year. We also offer a six-week program available during the summer
. Our hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday (Williston Location) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
You may begin instruction at any time during the school year and continue into the summer. You may also participate in our six-week long summer program.
1. Contact our instruction intake coordinator by calling 802-878-2332 or by email
2. Since we'll want to know how we can help you, we'll hold an initial intake session
3. Complete a registration form
We feel that it's important that we match the needs of the student to the appropriate instructor. Instruction could begin in less than a week.
What do you teach about reading?
We teach what the National Reading Panel calls the BIG FIVE: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. We do it through a structured literacy approach, which means that the teaching is explicit, systematic, and sequential.
Does the Stern Center only work with students with learning disabilities?
We provide services to everyone. In fact, 40% of students who benefit from Stern Center services do not have any kind of diagnosed disability. We understand that learning is a brain function and that all of us learn differently. Our customized services are based on educational research findings to suit all students.
Does the instructor collaborate with my child’s teacher(s)?
Yes. The instruction program collaborates with a student’s school teacher(s).
Do you offer summer instruction?
Yes, however the commitment is a short six weeks and instruction is more intensive. We recommend two to four hours per week. For more information about our summer program, please check out our Summer Learning Opportunities page located under Programs and Services, Additional Sections.
Do you offer instruction off-site or online tutoring?
Stern Center instructors are available to provide instruction at schools and work sites. Also, we provide online instruction to students in grades 4 and up in the areas of reading, writing, math, executive function, and SAT/ACT prep.
How much does instruction cost?
Although cost may be a factor in making a decision, we offer high-quality, research-based instruction that is individualized for our students. Most clients receive a scholarship, or additional assistance, to reduce the cost of services. We encourage you to review our Scholarship and Financial Aid section before making a final decision.
What does the cost of instruction cover?
In addition to receiving customized instruction, the cost includes:
- Brief family conferences with the instructor
- Classroom teacher contact through email and telephone
- Written progress reports
- Opportunities for observation by parents and teachers
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes. Through the generosity of individuals, organizations, and foundations, we are able to award scholarships and provide additional assistance. We welcome you to review our Scholarship and Financial Aid
What is your cancellation policy for instructional services?
The Stern Center has committed significant resources, both in time and money, to meet the needs of students by guaranteeing instructional times and individualized instructional programs. For this reason, full or partial withdrawal during the semester will result in a pro-rated decrease of the fee paid, less a $100 administrative charge. No refund will be made for first semester after November 1 or for the second semester after March 28th. Exceptions to this withdrawal policy may be arranged on a case by case basis.
Why are you the Stern Center for "Language" and Learning?
We believe that understanding how our English language works is important to listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Reading and written language have oral language foundations.